Training demand rockets

DEMAND for training in remotely-operated vehicles (ROVs) has rocketed in the last 12 months, according to a Scottish commercial dive centre.

The Underwater Centre at Fort William will have run 12 premium ROV courses in 2008, compared with seven in 2007.

The oil and gas sector is seeking reserves in areas that demand advanced technology to overcome challenges. The subsea sector is playing an integral role in this, and the need for trained ROV pilots is said to be at a new high. The Fort William centre provides an in-depth seven week training programme for ROV pilots.

Manager Steve Ham said there had been an unprecedented increase in the demand for these programmes.

“The subsea sector continues to flourish at a substantial rate and our market-leading position has allowed us to capitalise on this growth,” he said.